By Esme Murphy

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Several hundred people attended a meeting Sunday afternoon aimed at easing fears and putting out information in the Twin Cities Latino community about the impact of Donald Trump’s presidency.

The meeting was held at Holy Rosario Catholic Church in south Minneapolis.

Since the election, community leaders and even the St. Paul and Minneapolis police departments have voiced concerns that immigrants have been reluctant to call police or even attend community events.

An estimated 100,000 illegal immigrants live in Minnesota. Many have been here for years and have family members who were either born here or are living here legally.

Both Minneapolis and St. Paul, as well as a number of other Minnesota communities, are considered sanctuary cities. A sanctuary city is generally considered a city were law enforcement officers won’t independently enforce immigration actions.

In other words: Officers responding to calls won’t ask an individual about their immigration status.

President-elect Trump is promising to cut federal aid to sanctuary cities and to deport anyone here illegally.

Both St. Paul and Minneapolis police departments have put together videos, urging those in immigrant communities not to be fearful to call police if they witness or are a victim of a crime.

Minneapolis City Council Member Alondra Cano says the fear in some communities is overwhelming.

“People are afraid that the raids will happen at the schools, that Trump will send Department of Homeland Security and raid the schools,” Cano said on WCCO Sunday Morning.

“People are having conversations,” she added, “How can we create sanctuary schools? How can we create sanctuary cities?”

The national estimate for how many people are living in the U.S. illegally is over 10 million.

Esme Murphy

Comments (11)
  1. If you are here illegally, you should be deported. Do it right, be legal, and you have nothing to worry about.

  2. We the voters pay taxes and vote!! If they are here legally, ship them all back!!
    If Mpls and the U of M want to be a sanctuary cities, say goodbye to millions of Fed money.

  3. No no no. You’ve got it all wrong Elaine.
    Anyone who can point to Minnesota on a map is entitled to free healthcare, free housing, EBT cards, cash payments, interpreters, childcare, legal aid, schools, and social services, as well as entitlement to preferential hiring, training and promotion.
    Just ask Alondra Cano … As a member of the Socialist Welfare party elite she knows. That’s how it is done here in the welfare Village.
    We work hard to import ill-legal third world non-white, illiterate, non-English speaking, unskilled, unemployable, malcontent voters. We need them to reach our demographic goal of 100% of the population on direct welfare or government union payroll.

    To accommodate them we have We have abandoned academic achievement standards in the public schools and award every student a high school diploma regardless if they can read, write or make change for a dollar. No more Diversity Gap. And our professional unwed babymomma breeding program is cranking out peek numbers of lifetime welfare dependent voters.

    Our subversion of the immigration laws here in the Socialist Welfare Village have allowed our demographic racial and ethnic engineers to have eliminated three quarters of the white working taxpayers in the Twin Cities already. The white American enrollment in our public schools is now: … down to 22.3% with Hispanic up to 17.6% and African at 39.6%

    . Successes in many other Minnesota cities like St Cloud where we dumped 15 thousand Somali on a town of 50,000 show we are well on our path of demographic genocide and the total elimination of those nasty white taxpayers.

    1. Grid Scar says:

      You should run for Governor or Mayor, you would be my favorite candidate.

  4. I thought it was a felony for government unions to give aid, comfort or harbor illegals? President Truman tried to veto the law but congress passed the law without a signature from the President.

  5. Tim Neumann says:

    Any church or other do gooder group allowing illegals to be sheltered, should also be responsible for their care without taxpayer assistance.

    1. and lose any and all tax exempt status – period. They are anti-USA at that point so tax them too

  6. Rick Martin says:

    WE DON’T GET TO PICK AND CHOOSE THE LAWS WE ENFORCE!
    If you think the law is wrong then change it.

  7. Paul Arnold says:

    Aiding and abetting, harboring and concealing illegal aliens is a felony. Any of those crimes resulting in bodily injury carry very harsh sentences. If the result is death, the punishment is incarceration for any numbers of years, or life in prison or even the death penalty.
    Churches, Schools, cities and states cannot just declare exempt from the law.
    So go right ahead and try, we will have you prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law…BE AFRAID! MAGA!